Leicester See Off Posh in Season Opener

Leicester City 2:0 Peterborough United

Nigel Pearson’s side eventually managed a comfortable 2-0 win over Peterborough at the KPS on Saturday, after a frustrating first half…

A new look City, with De Laet, James and Vardy making their league debuts, suffered a frustrating first half with Peterborough keeping possession well but entertaining few thoughts of going forward.
Up until the 37th minute City had only a wayward Dyer shot and an off-target Da Laet header to their name, but then debutant keeper Olejnik got down smartly to save from his own defender Zakuani after he had intercepted a Vardy cross.
Up to the break Beckford headed a Marshall cross wide and another Dyer effort threatened the corner flag more than the goal.
Peterborough’s best chance came a couple of minutes into the second half when Schmeichel stung his hands blocking a fierce Taylor drive.
But it was City who took a 51st minute lead when captain Morgan battled his way through the defence to head a Marshall corner in off the underside of the bar.
The game opened up and Vardy went close to opening his City account a couple of times, but had to be content with an assist as City extended their lead in the 75th minute. He beat Brisley down the left setting up King (on for James) for a sweet strike from the edge of the area.
That was game over with Schmeichel dealing with a couple of late Posh efforts,  and substitute Knockeart putting in an entertaining performance that veered between the sublime and the ridiculous.

It was a pleasing start to the season, described by Nigel Pearson as: “All in all it’s a good afternoon’s work.”

Leicester: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall, James (King 56), Drinkwater, Dyer (Knockaert 66), Beckford (Nugent 74), Vardy. Unused Subs: Danns, Logan, Waghorn, Schlupp.
Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Little 80), Brisley, Zakuani, Ntlhe, Frecklington (McCann 76), Newell (Sinclair 66), Boyd, Bostwick, Taylor, Tomlin. Unused Subs: Swanson, Day, Knight-Percival, Clarke-Harris.
 
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
 
Attendance: 23,863

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